The Blind Side Character Analysis

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“Don’t worry where I am. I’ll tell you when I get there” (18). This quote was stated in the first chapter as the author goes over the back-story of football. It is a strong example of how Michael Oher was not going to let anything stop him from achieving his dreams. In the novel, The Blind Side, written by Michael Lewis, the main character Michael Oher overcomes the life obstacle of finding a new life in Memphis, Tennessee with the help of the Tuohys. To begin, the main character Michael Oher overcomes the life obstacle of finding a new life. Michael begins his new life as he is placed at Briarcrest Christian School. Knowing he has struggled academically in previous schools, the teachers strive to push Michael to his fullest potential in …show more content…
Michael is protective throughout the novel. This is his first instinct when he encounters something or someone new. “But there was one quality he possessed in an extreme form, and in whatever test the public school system had used to measure it, Michael Oher had scored in the 90th percentile. The quality was labeled ‘Protective Instincts’” (181). From a football stance, this was a very sought out characteristic. Michael’s teammates never had to worry about being tackled because Michael was right behind their back, protecting them. Even off the field, he is making sure everyone in school is safe and making sure no one steps out of line. At one point, Michael saved Sean Junior Tuohy from becoming injured in a car accident. Instead of saving himself, he stuck his hand in front of SJ protecting him from being further injured. Michael is also very definite and purposeful. If he sets his mind to anything, it will get done at that moment. One day Michael decided that he wanted to get his drivers licenses. He spent the whole day making sure he had everything he needed to pass the test. He even made sure the Department of Motor Vehicles stayed open late enough for him to finish. Another trait Michael possesses is he is accepting. “‘When I moved in with Leigh Anne and Sean, I felt loved,’ said Michael, ‘like part of a family. In other houses I didn’t feel like part of the family. I didn’t feel like they wanted me there’” (150). He has accepted the fact that very genuine people love him. He has had a lot of hardships throughout his life that might have made him think differently. He finally learned that there are still people out there who care for him. These traits have all helped Michael overcome his obstacles and kept pushing him to achieve his